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Wierd Fungus - hunting ID for it
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Bud in NC    Posted 08-25-2003 at 14:20:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've posted here a few times but mostly just read. I need some expert help and someone on this board probably knows the answer to my question without even having to think about it - I just stuck a picture of something I found frowing in my yard in the photo gallary. Does anyone have any idea what it is? This thing smells worse than the cow pasture, too. Thanks for any info!

Kevin Faris    Posted 02-14-2004 at 15:04:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Its known locally as a "Buzzard Nose". I've got lots in my yard after a rain when its cool in the early parts of winter to late spring. Generally orange, or salmon colored, with three arms springing from a white base. Smells like dead flesh after it has developed far enough. My general thoughts are that the dogs can't smell it, or are completely uninterested, otherwise I'd not be able to let them in the house. I've pointed them out to the dogs but they seem to not be able detect any scent even though I have to hold my nose. Must be a "Stinkhorn". It doesn't have any smell outside of typical fresh mushroom when its first developing, and is usually a small white golfball sized thing protruding through the grass. Wiping them off when they are still that size eliminates the inevitable stink.

ATW/WA    Posted 08-25-2003 at 23:54:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't have any of my mycology books handy, From your description I would agree with the " Stink Horn " class of 'shrooms(very odiferous). I've never seen a "buzzard's beak" but have seen others in the canine family. Keep taking pics to post back, they tend to grow fast, and are actually rather colorful.
David Aorra in his book " Mushrooms Demystified " has some very good color photos and written description. His other book "All the Rain Promises and More " may also contain some photos. Check them out in the library if you get a chance.

Thanks for sharing

JDK    Posted 08-25-2003 at 16:15:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Checked w/UWis Mycology Dept.Perfessor there adv its one of the "stinkhorn" family,nasty smelling,but harmless to animals/humans,not edible.

williamf    Posted 08-25-2003 at 15:53:56       [Reply]  [No Email]

If it smells really bad, and the red part at the top continues to develop until it is as big as the white part is now, I would say it's what around here goes by the name of "buzzard nose." As to it's being bad for dogs, I don't know of anyone actually shooting his dog for rolling on one, but I'm sure it's been contemplated.
PS - here's your photo-

Steve from Tn    Posted 08-25-2003 at 15:51:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bud, that thing looks like a mutant mushroom. I never saw one like it. Stay back; it could grab ya'.

Bud in NC    Posted 08-25-2003 at 16:32:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the info, Guys! I knew someone here'd know what this darling was. Nobody I know locally had ever seen one of these before, either. Must be all the rain - before I bought this place 5 years ago the pasture had flooded twice in 30's been flooded 10 times this year. One more thing I gotta ask - how'd you post the picture in the discussion area? Thanks again!!!

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